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Parker’s birth announcement

By Kat Abianac / August 12, 2014

Having a baby diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome is a tumultuous time. Your life has just been turned on its head in one irrevocable moment, and your brain doesn’t stop churning for hours. Plus you have a newborn to look after, which is all encompassing in itself. I delayed my birth announcement for two […]

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The Love of a Sister

By Kat Abianac / July 28, 2014

I have the honour of parenting a very amazing little girl. And I mourned on my daughter’s behalf, when Parker was diagnosed with Down syndrome. I was scared for his future, and what this all meant for her- how it would alter her childhood and my dreams for how I wanted to raise her. When […]

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Why I Gave Up ‘Normal’ When My Son With Down Syndrome Was Born

By Kat Abianac / July 22, 2014

A few years ago, I gave up ‘normal’. I rebuilt my old life with things I deem truly important, and drew it all in close to treasure dearly. As special needs parents, we’ve all experienced a version of this change. Events and ‘road bumps’ in life previously considered earth shattering, pale in significance to a […]

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How one man changed the face of Down syndrome in the media

By Kat Abianac / July 16, 2014

Tim was supported by parents who would do anything in their power to give their child the best they can in life, just like they did for their other children. Can all parents help their child with their dream of owning a restaurant? No, of course not.

But when they try to do exactly what Tim’s parents did- support their child to be the best version of themselves they can possibly dream of- THAT is truly inspiring.

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Project of my dreams

By Kat Abianac / July 15, 2014

‘”You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.’” This quote resonated with me when I first heard it. In those quiet early days I sat at home, caring for a quiet, dependent infant on home oxygen, with all […]

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Parker’s Big Day

By Kat Abianac / July 7, 2014

I knew him as ‘Parker’ since the day I found out I had a son. He was 18 weeks in utero and a radiologist told me he was perfect in every way. He was measuring exactly where he needed to, with a strongly beating heart I watched on the screen in front of me. I […]

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